Every year, Glasgow Rowing Club runs at least two events on the River Clyde.
Until recently, these have been our Fours Head of River held in November, and a Small Boats Head of River, held in March or April. Both of these races are run over a 5000 metre course, from Belvedere straight to Glasgow Green.
In 2008 we returned to the main regatta season with our 25th Anniversary 'Silver' regatta. The races were run over a straight-ish 1150m downstream course finishing just above the GRC boat house. We offered a repeat of that format in 2009 with the Glasgow Spring Regatta on Saturday 11th April, however entries were sparse and we had to cancel. The course was used again in 2010.
GRC Fours Head -
13/11/2010, 11/12/2010 ...
The 2010 Fours Head had to be put off due to unsafe river conditions on 13th November.
On 7th December, the decision was made to cancel the rescheduled event on 11th December, because of the exceptional weather conditions, current and forecast.
The 2010 Glasgow Spring Regatta, was rowed over the same 1150m course as the 2008 Silver Regatta. It was held on 17th April 2010.
GRC Fours Head 2009
The 2009 race was run over 4000 metres rather than the traditional 5 kilometre course. Fastest crew of the day was the home Glasgow Rowing Club crew, winning men's Open Quads. In the same division, the fastest women's crew was Clydesdale's Women's Open coxed four who were only 5 seconds behind the time their male clubmates set in the later race.
GRC's Open Quad catching Clydesdale on the way to the overall win and prize for fastest crew of the day.
There was the tiniest scare when we had some heavy rain towards the end of the week, and the decision was made to shorten the course, as the marshalling zone at the top of Belvidere straight was too turbulent.
In the event we had two well-populated divisions (more crews than last year notwithstanding this being the re-set date) of good quality racing across a wide range of categories.
The date of 11th April - Easter weekend - may have been part of the problem, but the unfortunate fact was that the regatta had to be cancelled due to entries being spread too thinly across too many events. There were too few races to fill a full day of racing but, more worryingly, almost half of these events would have been two-boat contests, so the decision was made to cancel the whole event for this year.
(Click on the title above for results.)
This year's event was moved forward from its traditional end-of-November date to the first Saturday of the month. We hope that this change will give us better odds against weather-enforced cancellation.
Entries were a little lower, partly due to the new date, although the events were contested and competitive. The weather was kind, conditions were perfect and we had a dead-heat for the overall win in Division 1.
Significantly, the fastest crew in Division 2 could have raced in veteran fours.
Edinburgh University took the Victor Ludorum, relegating GUBC, the customary winners, to the University prize.
We put even more effort into getting crews boating in good time, and it is worth noting that there were very nearly as many finishers in this year's races as there were last year, notwithstanding the lower entry numbers. This was a very satisfying outcome!
(Click on the title above for results of the regatta, or read a brief report on the news page.)
In 2008 we have returned to an old formula and will be running the first
regatta of the Scottish racing season on Saturday 5th April.
The 'Silver' regatta is in recognition that this year sees the 25th anniversary
of Glasgow Rowing Club having been formed by the amalgamation of Glasgow
Argonauts Boat Club and City of Glasgow Amateur Rowing Club.
The regatta course will be over approximately 1200 metres, from Cowan's Bend to the GRC Boathouse.
The GRC Small Boats Head that was scheduled for February 2nd was replaced in the SARA Calendar by the Strathclyde University BC Small Boats Head.
Prior to the 'Silver' Regatta, our most recent event was the 2007 Fours Head, again the largest single rowing race in Scotland, with fours and quad sculls containing almost 500 competitors entered in 2 divisions.
Results: 2007 Fours Head